NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Premier League title hopefuls Cuckney have secured a spot in the ECB Club Twenty20 competition Finals Day at Edgbaston after a thrilling two run victory away at Essex side Brentwood.
The Premier League leaders batted first on winning the toss and got off to a poor start having in-form Nick Langford run out from the second ball of the innings without facing a ball.
But they managed a good recovery to end on 151 for 6 from their 20 overs, with Will Root (42 not out) and Tom Ullyott (54 not out) starring.
Their opponents are the current Essex Premier League champions and they made steady progress in their response reaching 144 from 5 from 19 overs.
Richard Stroh was handed the responsibility of bowling the final over and at the crunch.
Three runs were needed from the last two balls but only one was scored.
Cuckney now move through to the finals day to be held at Edgbaston on Thursday 6th September and the event will be televised live on Sky TV;.
They will hope to go one better than their loss in the final against Bournemouth in the 2009 final at the County Ground, Derby.
The battle for the title looks like it is going down to the wire after both the top two could only secure draws, although Cuckney managed to extend their lead by a single point to 19.
The leaders took 17 points from their winning draw at home to Caythorpe.
Batting first, the home side closed on 253 for 7 in their 50 overs with Tom Ullyott striking 102 from 124 balls with eightfours and two sixes.
Nick Langford added support with a very useful 50, while Jim Hemmings was the leading first innings bowler, returning figures of 4-55.
Caythorpe were never really in the hunt in their response getting to 161 for 8 with Steve Allcoat contributing 31 and James Oldham 30. Ian Parkin was the leading Cuckney bowler again with 3-25.
The Nottinghamshire Academy are the side in second and took 16 points from their draw against Papplewick.
They struck the day’s largest total when they declared after 46 overs with 295 for 2 with Scott Elstone starring with an unbeaten 109 from just 68 balls with 11 fours and 6 sixes.
He also shared a stand of 149 for the second wicket with Hassan Azad (94) after Sam Kelsall went for 46.
Papplewick may be in tenth spot, but they will have taken confidence from their reply of 233 for 6 from their 54 overs in which Mark Nelson took much of the credit with 132 from 145 balls and Elstone rounded off a good day taking 3-52.
Cuckney face an away trip to West Indian Cavaliers, while Notts Academy travel to Caythorpe in what could be a defining day in the title race.